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Language tip of the week: feeling disappointed

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips will explore different ways to talk about emotions. This week’s tip looks at ways of saying that someone feels disappointed:



disappointed:
Of course I was disappointed when I didn’t get into my first-choice college. ♦ She was disappointed that he never replied to her letter. ♦ Everyone is very disappointed at the result. ♦ He was bitterly disappointed to be dropped from the team.
disappointed in someone disappointed because someone has behaved less well than you expected:
I’m really disappointed in you, Ruth.
let down disappointed because someone has not done something you expected them to:
The President’s supporters feel let down and angry.
disillusioned disappointed because you have discovered that someone or something is not as good as you had believed:
Disillusioned teachers have been leaving the profession in droves. ♦ Americans are very disillusioned with international organizations.
disenchanted disappointed with someone or something and no longer enthusiastic about them:
Disenchanted fans have seen their side fail to build on the success of last season. ♦ Many voters have become disenchanted with the government.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘feeling disappointed‘.

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